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Written by Aksel Ritenis

{jcomments off}The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors, was founded in 1901, “and was one of the finest magazines for art lovers and collectors of art and decorative arts ever published, containing an astonishing variety of collectibles, excellent professional articles and plenty of fantastic illustrations in monochrome and in color. Beyond the articles that it published, the magazine was also noteworthy for its stylish design.”


The Connoisseur had the subtitle “an illustrated magazine for collectors” and would include in its subject scope “anything that any reasonable person collects, not only furniture, porcelain, pottery, prints, books, manuscripts, fiddles and old silver, but also coins, medals, autographs, posters and stamps”.

Almost all of the magazine’s articles were accompanied with high quality pictures.

During the 1970s and the early 80s the American edition of Connoisseur specialized in articles on antiques, opera and art. It was published by Hearst Corporation through Hearst Corporation Magazines and was edited from 1981 to 1991 by Thomas Hoving before Hearst Magazines announced that it would merge the monthly into another of its titles, Town & Country, ending the age of Connoisseur Magazine. Thomas Hoving was, along with his memoirs of his time at the Met, also the author of books on a number of art-related subjects, including art forgeries, Grant Wood, Andrew Wyeth, Tutankhamen and the 12th-century walrus ivory crucifix known as the Bury St. Edmunds Cross. Additionally in 1999, he wrote the text for the Art For Dummies book in the “…For Dummies” series.

The French verb connaitre translates as “to know or be familiar with”. In popular modern English a person described as a “connoisseur” is a person who is said to have a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, or that is believed to be an expert judge in matters of taste, including arts and antiques, antique furniture, modern art and contemporary society. The term has evolved so that internationally, the term connoisseur is also used in the context of gastronomy, i.e. in connection with fine food, beer, wine, tea and many other products whose consumption can be pleasing to the senses.

Modern connoisseurship is also related to museums, art galleries and “the cult of originality”. Connoisseurs evaluate works of art on the basis of aesthetic conclusions. The responsibility of the connoisseur is to attribute authorship, validate authenticity and appraise quality.

Collectors or aficionados are a type of connoisseur. Sometimes collector and connoisseur refer to the same people. But one essential aspect of the concept is that the true Connoisseur will have an enquiring mind and try to “probe further” and not accept things at “face value” – so it is an attitude of mind that distinguishes the true connoisseur.

In 2008 with the Hearst trademark passed over to Connoisseur Publishing in the UK, the new editorial team under editor Axel Ritenis, embarked on a new direction, seeking to modernize whilst still building on old foundations and traditions. It has been developed into a platform for showcasing fine arts, antique furniture or antique collectablessuch as jewellery or watches, wines and gastronomy.

We have developed a new format for the magazine with a renewed focus on arts & culture more in keeping with the historical legacy and traditions of Connoisseur Magazine in its former life.

For instance the publishing of the 2012 Summer Edition of ConnoisseurMagazine coincides with the London Olympics. Our correspondents have compiled a comprehensive Arts and Culture Guide with a mass of information about art galleries, exhibitions, theatre and cultural events as well as exciting lifestyle related articles covering restaurants, wine and travel tips…and not forgetting the shopping guide!

You can support us by either advertising, subscribing to and/or sponsoring the magazine.

With your help we can restore Connoisseur Magazine to its former glory, as a leading US based international magazine offering excellent articles as a showcase:




Including the following content:

• Art and Collectables

• Antiques.

• Culture (theatre, opera, ballet, dance)

• Fashion



• Fine wine and gastronomy


At Connoisseur Magazine we seek to present first-class stories, writers, photographers, insider in­formation and interesting offers. It is ideal for those who want to indulge in la dolce vita in all its facets, who want to discover new tastes and trends and indulge their passion for discovering travel destinations, exotic hideaways, luxury cruises and hotels. Connoisseur Magazine is designed to enrich and inform!

By becoming a subscriber or sponsor of this iconic art and lifestyle magazine you are ensuring its continuity.

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The next Connoisseur Digital magazine containing our Arts and Culture Guide will be published in mid July 2012 (see above).

To order and receive the next digital version please follow these simple steps:

1.) Complete your annual subscription and your details will be registered for the subscriber database and also the Connoisseur Magazine Members Privileges Club will be mailed to your nominated e-mail address.

2.) Click on the on the “subscribe button” and complete the secure Paypal transaction. You will need to furnish your credit card or debit card details (but in the event that you cancel your subscription you will receive a refund on a proportionate basis.)

3.) We will then send you a Connoisseur Members Privileges card embossed with your personal details for use in the promotions and deals that we organize on your behalf and offer you through Connoisseur magazine.

The Connoisseur Magazine Privileges card will entitle the holder to significant savings and discounts on special promotions and deals organized through Connoisseur Magazine, be they special deals or prices on luxury goods and services. These include but are not limited to the following: priviliged access to art galleries and museums, theatrical events, special wine offers, special restaurant promotions, discounts on books, theatre or any other special promotions as contained in the deals and promotions section of our front page i.e. the Connoisseur Promotion page on

Digital magazine subscriptions
Subscription to Connoisseur Digital Magazine for one calendar year (including Connoisseur Privileges card). US$35.00
Gift subscription by an existing subscriber (including ConnoisseurPrivilegesCard). US$30.00

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Print magazine subscriptions (US based international edition)
Subscription to Connoisseur print magazine for one calendar year – includes postage and also a gratis copy of the digital magazine (and Connoisseur Privileges card). US$59.50
Gift subscription of the print magazine by an existing subscriber. Includes postage and also a gratis copy of the digital magazine (and Connoisseur Privileges card). US$49.50

*Next print magazine will be the fall or autumn edition in September 2012

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Corporate sponsorship/private sponsor

Similarly, here at Connoisseur Magazine, because of the general malaise in publishing and drop in advertising revenues, we are not averse to receiving corporate sponsorship or sponsorship from private individuals.

Whilst we are not registered as charitable institition (for tax purposes) we do offer the following:

-Acknowledgement of sponsors contributions in the magazine by way of corporate announcement or a sponsored advertising page.

-We also offer access to membership of the editorial board of Connoisseur Magazine and some intellectual equity in our “programme to restore Connoisseur Magazine to its former glory”.

    1. Platinum Sponsorship $10,000
    1. Gold Sponsorship $5,000
  1. Silver Sponsorship $1,000

Yours faithfully

Axel Ritenis

Publishing Editor and Custodian of the Brand

Connoisseur MAGAZINE

Phone: +61 (0) 426890873

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